The National Green Tribunal today took note of housing colonies near Vasundhara Enclave in East Delhi dumping garbage in the Hindon canal and asked them to submit a complete mechanism for collection, segregation and disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW).
The green panel also issued bailable warrants against unauthorised colonies adjoining the canal for their non-appearance despite issuing of notices and said they were largely contributing to generation of MSW which was affecting the environment and blocking the sewage pipeline.
“The photographs show that MSW and other waste including plastic is put in the pipeline leading to complete stagnation. We direct 45 societies to show cause as to why they should not be directed to segregate MSW at the door step and ensure its transportation to the destination, that is, identified sites for dumping, rather than throwing them over the dhalao in the colonies itself.
“The corporation shall also submit the complete plan as to what is the extent of generation of waste in these areas and how it is being transported to the sites,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar said.
It also issued bailable warrants against SHO of New Ashok Nagar police station after the counsel for Delhi government told the bench that he had been informed and notices were served to him.
Advocate Balendu Shekhar, appearing for East Delhi Municipal Corporation, told the bench that the corporation has deployed huge manpower for removal of waste but the illegal colonies were also a major contributor to the waste and action should be initiated against them.
During the hearing, counsel appearing for 45 societies informed the Tribunal that unauthorised construction of New Ashok Nagar police station on the drain was blocking complete discharge of the storm water into the canal. He further said that an alternate site has already been provided and the police station was required to shifted.
Advocate Kush Sharma, appearing for the Delhi Development Authority, said the residential societies of Vasundhara Enclave were asked to participate in a meeting to look into the issue but till date they have not submitted any plan of waste segregation.
The tribunal’s direction came during the hearing of a petition by Vasundhara Enclave resident J P Sharma alleging indiscriminate dumping of MSW and construction debris around Hindon canal.
( Source – PTI )